A chain-strap purse delivers a dose of downtown-cool (thanks to its heavy metal hardware), yes, but it largely serves as a functional feature—it can be worn as a cross-body, over the shoulder, or even as a clutch. Both reasons certainly explain why the chain-strap style not only became the preferred purse among the recent crop of street style stars and fashion editors during Fashion Month, but also a star item among the spring collections. We scoured the market and compiled a curated list of our eight favorite chain-handle bags, from '70s-inspired fringed pieces to tough moto-chic cross-bodies.
1. Proenza Schouler
The brand's well-known 'Courier' style has evolved into a smaller version with bead embellishments, which add a textural fun factor to the beloved bag.
The play on multiple textures gives this bag a more luxe vibe. Colorways are subtle enough to pair with almost anything.
3. Rag & Bone
We can't get enough of this minimalist bag in a chic two-tone black-and-camel colorway.
The cool teal color gives this fringed bag a modern twist to bohemian flair.
5. Tory Burch
The perforated diamond effect adds the right amount of texture, making it perfect for either day or evening wear.
6. Rebecca Minkoff
The bag's iridescent metal is colorful play on traditional chain straps.
7. Stella McCartney
You would be surprised how much fits in this bag. The small Falabella with its spring-ready floral print is an obvious choice for running errands on the weekend.
The prairie print on this calf hair bag can bring a pop of color or interest to an off-duty uniform that's as neutral as a white tee and jeans.